After five months and a legal battle between the Philippines and Brazil, the Department of Agriculture lifted the temporary ban on the importation of poultry from the South American country.
The memorandum order released last week read, “Based on the relevant information provided by Brazil, there is satisfactory evidence to show that food safety measures in compliance with good manufacturing practices are primarily considered in the daily operations of [their] foreign meat establishments.”
In August, Agriculture Secretary William Dar banned the importation of Brazilian poultry products except mechanically deboned meat until it was satisfied with how the Brazilian government was handling the coronavirus outbreak in its meat-exporting plants.
It was also based on the laboratory detection in China of SARS-COV-2 in imported chicken wings from Brazil.
The Philippines buys about 20 percent of its poultry meat imports from Brazil.